Table of Contents

Course. 2

Instructor Information. 2

Office Location. 2

Course Location and Meeting Times. 2

Technical Support Contact Information. 2

Course Materials. 2

Course Description. 3

Course Requirements. 3

Course Grading. 4

How to Succeed in this Course. 5

Sample Weekly Course Schedule. 6

Course Procedures. 7

Student Conduct Statement 8

Syllabus Disclaimer 8

Appendix A. 9

ASU 101 - Detailed Core Learning Objectives. 9

Appendix B. 10

Student Support Services. 10



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ASU 101 The ASU Experience

Start and end dates

Instructor Information

·         Name

·         Email

·         Phone

Office Location

·         Office Hours

·         Virtual Office Hours

·         Acceptable and preferred forms of contact (voice, email, IM, etc)

·         How often you can be expected to check and respond to e-mail

·         Bio, teaching philosophy or other information

Course Location and Meeting Times

·         Face-to-face location

·         Face-to-face meeting time

·         Online synchronous meeting times, if applicable

·         Course web sites, virtual classroom, learning resources

o        Blackboard or Sakai site

o        iTunes U

o        wikis

o        blogs

o        personal webpages

o        Google docs

Technical Support Contact Information

For technical assistance 6:30 a.m. - 12:30 a.m., daily, please contact the University Technology Office Help Desk:

Phone: 480-965-6500


For information on systems outages see the ASU systems status calendar:

Course Materials

·         Required and recommended readings available online as assigned

·         Access to articles though online reserve

·         Links to online materials

·         Technical requirements (e.g., players, plugins) for accessing online materials

Course Description

ASU 101 is a required, one-credit course offered in sections capped at 19 and designed to introduce all new first-time ASU students to the unique elements, culture, challenges, and opportunities of their university.


The course covers six core topics. 


  1. The mission of ASU as the New American University
  2. Diversity and its impact on you
  3. The importance of entrepreneurship/innovation/creativity in supporting your education
  4. The role sustainability plays in your life
  5. The importance of social embeddedness
  6. The significance of academic integrity


The focus of the course is to consider how these topics affect you and how you can use them to further your educational goals. 


Other topics that may be covered include:


For details about the learning objectives for the course see Appendix A.

Course Requirements


Attendance is required for all of the 5 face-to-face classroom sessions.

Email and Internet

You must have an active ASU e-mail account and access to the Internet. If you wish to use another e-mail address, please use to redirect your mail to your chosen account. See the tutorial at ASUonline for more information on redirecting your email: All instructor correspondence will be sent to your ASU e-mail account. Plan on checking your ASU email account regularly for course related messages.

Studying and Preparation Time

In addition to the time spent in the face-to-face classroom sessions plan on devoting 2 – 3 hours each week to homework.  Homework may include assignments and reading related to a face-to-face session already completed or as preparation for the upcoming face-to-face session.

Late or Missed Assignments

All assignments must be finished and turned in to complete the course.  Please check with your instructor about the late policy for this course.


Please check with you instructor about the rewrite policy for this course.

Submitting Assignments

Assignments will be submitted both in class and online.

Drop and Add dates

Because this course is only 5 weeks, there is limited opportunity to either drop or add the course.  You can drop the course up to the end of the second week and add only to the end of the first week.

Use of cell phones, pagers, and PDAs

Please turn off or silence cell phones, pagers, and PDAs prior to coming to the face-to-face class sessions.  If you have an emergency and need to keep in communication with someone, please inform your instructor ahead of time.

Use of laptops in class

Lap tops are not required for this course.  You may use your laptop to take notes.  Please do not use class time for emails, chats, web browsing, or other non-class related activities.

Subject to change notice

All material, assignments, and deadlines are subject to change with prior notice.  It is your responsibility to stay in touch with your instructor, review the course site regularly, or communicate with other students, to adjust as needed if assignments or due dates change.

Academic Integrity

One of the core topics of this course is academic integrity.  You will be discussing it further throughout the course.  ASU’s expects and requires all its students to act with honesty and integrity, and respect the rights of others in carrying out all academic assignments.  Each instructor, department, and college has specific policies related to academic integrity and how cases of dishonesty are handled. (For more information on academic integrity see the Student Conduct Statement below.)

Course Grading

Pass/Fail Course

This course is a Pass/Fail course.  In order to pass this course you must complete the following before the end of the course:


  1. Regularly attend the face-to-face sessions (see attendance policy above).
  2. Complete all pre-class assignments.
  3. Actively participate in all discussions (both in class and online).
  4. Complete all online quizzes.
  5. Complete all reflection activities.


Graded Course

This course is graded using a regular letter scale from A through E. The grading scale is:


100% - 90%


89% - 80%


79% - 70%  


69% - 60%


59% and below



The following will be used to calculate your grade:


Attendance (see attendance policy)      


Active in-class participation                   


Contribution to online discussions        

20% (as required by each assignment)

Post-class reflections                              

20% (found online)

Pre-class online assignments              

10% (found online)

Multiple choice quizzes                         

10% (10 points each; found online)                                                                     




§  Rubrics or detailed grading criteria for “participation” in both face-to-face and online discussions.

§  Rubrics or detailed grading criteria for major assignments

§  Procedure for submitting assignments e.g., assignment feature, email with attachment

§  Use of SafeAssignment


How to Succeed in this Course

§  Attend all of the face-to-face classroom sessions

§  Complete all pre-class preparation assignments and reading

§  Complete all post-class follow up assignments and reading

§  Check your ASU email regularly

§  Log in to the course web site at least once each week

§  Communicate with your instructor

§  Create a study schedule so that you don’t fall behind on assignments


Sample Weekly Course Schedule




Post-class follow up assignments

Pre-class preparation assignments

Week 1

Class, instructor, and student introductions

Review of syllabus and assignments

Succeeding at ASU


Watch Succeeding at ASU presentation online

Complete Student Success Activity: Schedule Grid

Complete Succeeding at ASU quiz online

Module evaluation

Complete the Entrepreneurial Spirit pre-class assignment: watch Thomas Friedman video and complete quiz

Complete stress self-assessment


Week 2

Taking Charge and Being Innovative: The Entrepreneurial Spirit

Managing stress

Complete the post-class Entrepreneurial Spirit reflection activity

Complete entrepreneurship quiz online

Module evaluation

Complete Diversity pre-class assignment: World and US as a Village

Complete academic integrity game as assigned

Week 3

Understanding and Appreciating Differences: Diversity

Contribute to Diversity discussion online

Complete diversity quiz online

Module evaluation

Read Excerpt from “Creating the New American University at ASU: A Plan for Social Embeddedness.”

Watch the Sense of Place: Phoenix video

Week 4

Engaging in Your Community: Social Embeddedness

Complete Social Embeddedness reflection assignment

Contribute to Social Embeddedness online discussion

Complete Social Embeddedness quiz online

Module evaluation

Complete ecological footprint exercise

Watch Running Dry video

Listen to Sustainability Podcasts

Review Global engagement materials

Week 5

Green Living: Sustainability

Complete Sustainability refection assignment

Contribute to online discussion

Complete Sustainability quiz online

Complete course evaluation survey online





Course Procedures

ASU 101 is a hybrid, or blended, course which means that part of the class is completed face-to-face and part is completed online. There are both post-class follow up homework assignments and pre-class preparation homework assignments. The suggested order for proceeding through each week is as follows:

1.   Attend the face-to-face class session.

2.   Check for, and read, any unread course announcements at the course web site.

3.   Check for, and read, any unread course email messages.

4.   Complete any post-class follow up assignments, readings and quizzes.

5.   Complete any online discussion assignments early in the week and return to the discussion board throughout the week to view and respond to messages posted by your instructor and other students.

6.   Complete any pre-class preparation assignments and readings.

Student Conduct Statement

Students are required to adhere to the behavior standards listed in Arizona Board of Regents Policy Manual Chapter V – Campus and Student Affairs: Code of Conduct (, ACD 125: Computer, Internet, and Electronic Communications (, and the ASU Student Academic Integrity Policy (


Students are entitled to receive instruction free from interference by other members of the class. If a student is disruptive, an instructor may ask the student to stop the disruptive behavior and warn the student that such disruptive behavior can result in withdrawal from the course. An instructor may withdraw a student from a course when the student's behavior disrupts the educational process under USI 201-10


Appropriate classroom behavior is defined by the instructor. This includes the number and length of individual messages online. Course discussion messages should remain focused on the assigned discussion topics. Students must maintain a cordial atmosphere and use tact in expressing differences of opinion.


Inappropriate discussion board messages may be deleted if an instructor feels it is necessary. Students will be notified privately that their posting was inappropriate.


Student access to the course Send Email feature may be limited or removed if an instructor feels that students are sending inappropriate electronic messages to other students in the course.


Please complete the Online Writing Skills tutorial at ASUonline if you feel you need additional information on Internet communication etiquette:


Syllabus Disclaimer

The instructor views the course syllabus as an educational contract between the instructor and students. Every effort will be made to avoid changing the course schedule but the possibility exists that unforeseen events will make syllabus changes necessary. The instructor reserves the right to make changes to the syllabus as deemed necessary. Students will be notified in a timely manner of any syllabus changes via email or the course Announcements. Please remember to check your ASU email and the course Announcements often.


Appendix A

ASU 101 - Detailed Core Learning Objectives

Note: not all learning objectives will be covered in the course.

Mission of ASU

1.       Understand the mission of ASU and the unique elements that make ASU the New American University.

Specifically, you should be able to:

a. List the 8 design imperatives that guide ASU
b. Be aware of how those imperatives impact your education



1.       Develop awareness of diversity and diverse perspectives.

            Specifically, you should be able to

a. Identify the various dimensions of diversity
b. Identify importance of diversity in U.S.
c. Identify opportunities and challenges of diversity

2.       Become aware of role diversity in your own life.

            Specifically, you should be able to

a. Identify cultures you are part of
b. Identify potential conflict among different cultures you are part of
c. Identify your personal attitude towards diversity

3.       Develop awareness of major personal obstacles to diversity and basic steps to embracing diversity.

Specifically, you should be able to

a. Identify the biases that may impact how we view people who are different from us

b. Identify several actions that you can take to increase your awareness and comfort level with diversity



1.       Understand the concept of entrepreneurship and its many applications
Specifically, you should be able to:

a. Provide a clear definition of entrepreneurship
b. Clarify its close links to being proactive, innovation and creative
c. Identify the application of entrepreneurship to your education and life

2.       Gain awareness of how to apply the principles of entrepreneurship apply to your educational goals and your life.

Specifically, you should be able to:

a. Explain how an entrepreneurial and proactive approach fits into your personal goals
b. Identify areas within ASU where you can learn more about entrepreneurship

3.       Identify specific ways in which you can incorporate an entrepreneurial approach into your education and your life

Specifically, you should be able to:

a. Practice analyzing problems from multiple perspectives
b. Plan actions to increase your entrepreneurial and proactive approach to your education
c. Identify steps needed to put your plans into place


Social Embeddedness

1.       Understand ASU’s definition of social embeddedness, as well as its purpose.

Specifically, you should be able to:

a.       Explain the five themes that distinguish social embeddedness at ASU

b.       Explain the four goals of social embeddedness at ASU

c.       Discuss why social embeddedness is a necessary component of the New American University

d.       Understand and articulate the difference between “serving” and “empowering” communities.

e.       Define 5 key issues facing the Greater Phoenix metropolitan area.


2.       Identify social embeddedness activities at ASU

Specifically, you should be able to:

a.       Identify ways in which their college might be able to become more social embedded in local communities

b.       identify ASU activities or organizations that impact local communities, through which they can participate



1.       Understand what the term sustainability means

Specifically, you should be able to

a. discuss historic definitions or principles of sustainability

b. define sustainability for yourself and explain your definition to others

c. list some of the indicators of sustainable communities

2.       Be familiar with the major sustainability challenges: urbanization; energy, materials and technology; biodiversity and habitat loss; water; and development

Specifically, you should be able to

a. explain at least three of the challenges in some detail (define the challenge, identify the stakeholders and their positions or concerns, identify barriers and opportunities involved in the challenge)

b. list promising practices that will help overcome each of those three challenges

c. explain the interconnectedness of environmental, economic, social, cultural, and political issues

d. discuss how tradeoffs are inherent in promoting sustainability

3.       Understand how personal choices, both individual and collective, influence sustainability

Specifically, you should be able to

a. Calculate your environmental footprint

b. List common barriers to changing behaviors

c. Discuss successful approaches to changing individual behaviors

d. Discuss successful examples of community-based changes

Appendix B

Student Support Services

ASU Libraries - offers 24/7 access to librarians through "Ask a Librarian" online chat and help by librarians in person at the Reference Desk during most hours the libraries are open.


Counseling and Consultation – provides confidential mental health and career counseling services for all ASU students.


Learning Resource Center – provides students with academic support services such as tutoring, peer advising, computer assisted instruction, and supplemental instruction.  Offers both free and fee-based services.


Writing Center – provides on-site tutors to help students increase their confidence as writers and improve writing skills free of charge.


Career Services – offers assistance to students in choosing a major, setting career goals, interviewing and job hunting strategies.


Student Financial Aid Office – offers information and applications for student funding such as grants, loans, scholarships and student employment.


Student Health and Wellness Center – provides non-emergency medical health care to all ASU students regardless of insurance status. Most visits with a physician or nurse practitioner are free of charge, but fees will be incurred for x-rays, lab results, etc.,


Student Recreational Center – offers individual and group fitness opportunities, as well as information on nutrition and wellness, and massages. Use of the general facilities (weights, circuit training and cardio machines) are free, other services (yoga classes, massages) are fee-based.


Student Legal Assistance – provides legal advice and counsel free of charge to all ASU students in areas such as landlord-tenant law, credit reports and collection issues, taxability of scholarships and grants, etc. Notary service is also available at no charge.


Help Wiki – provides a frequently asked questions resource for technology users at ASU.


EMPACT Crisis Hotline – offers free 24-hour support for mental health crises. Call (480) 784-1500 in the Phoenix area, (866) 205-5229 for the toll-free number outside of Phoenix, and (480) 736-4949 for the sexual assault hotline. All services are free and confidential.